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  • Reports Surface That White House Knew All Along About Bergdahl’s Desertion

    05/09/2015 6:45:10 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/17/2015 | JONAH BENNETT
    Contrary to some media speculation, top military leadership knew as early as late 2009 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted. During an open-book question and answer session in Afghanistan, members of Bergdahl’s platoon directly asked then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen whether he was aware of Bergdahl’s desertion. Mullen “told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, one of the platoon members, told Fox News, and “that they were developing leads and following leads, trying to do everything they could to get him back.” Evan Buetow and Cody Full,...
  • Emails show Clinton aides running interference during Benghazi attack

    03/07/2015 9:23:34 AM PST · by Chris in VA · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/7/15 | Catherine Herridge
    Emails obtained through a federal lawsuit show that two top aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were running interference internally during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. The aides were Philippe Reines, widely described as Clinton’s principal gate-keeper, and Cheryl Mills, who has been at Clinton's side for decades. The emails show that while receiving updates about the assault as it happened,
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • How to lose a war before it begins

    09/21/2014 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | September 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The inescapable impression that the administration is at war with itself over Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has grown difficult to ignore and impossible to paper over. The most recent example of this phenomenon came when President Barack Obama decided to devote a significant portion of a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday to repeating his assurances that American troops returning to the Middle East would not “have a combat mission.” His insistence came just one day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate that he would...
  • Poll: Two-Thirds of Veterans Disapprove of Obama’s Job Performance

    04/21/2014 3:22:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2014 - 11:36 AM | Craig Bannister
    Two-thirds of veterans (66%) disapprove of the job Pres. Obama is doing, according to a new survey by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA). Likewise, 68% say the country is “on the wrong track.” […] About three-fourths (73%) of those polled agree with former Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen that the national debt is “the greatest threat to our national security.” …
  • Benghazi investigators gave Hillary Clinton heads-up on findings

    09/21/2013 8:18:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The leaders of the State Department’s Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings. Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board, also acknowledged that he had warned Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff not to send a particular official to Congress because he thought “she would be a weak witness” who might have hurt the State Department’s stance. Republicans said those moves called...
  • Dems Leave Room As Benghazi Mom Says Obama, Hillary Lied

    09/20/2013 5:16:38 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 20, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Benghazi-gate: Democrats couldn't share the grief of a mom who was lied to in front of her son's casket or a grieving father who wonders why the general who could have mounted a rescue was relieved of his post. It was a shameful spectacle all around, starting with bizarre testimony by the authors of the State Department's Accountability Review Board (ARB) report and including real tears in a scandal branded as "phony" by the Obama administration and the repetition of lies agreed upon. The scene was Thursday's hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attack before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee....
  • Pickering: Wasn't "Necessary" To Question Clinton In Benghazi Report [VIDEO]

    05/12/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT · by Third Person · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 12th, 2013 | Face the Nation/ Bob Scheiffer
    Thomas Pickering - the former UN ambassador who along with former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen prepared the Accountability Review Board report on the State Department's handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya - says he didn't think it was necessary to interview former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "because in fact we knew where the responsibility rested." BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Ambassador Thomas Pickering is the one who led the State Department's investigation into how those Benghazi attacks where handled. Mr. Ambassador, you and I have known one another as you had...
  • State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms

    05/02/2013 1:30:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 94 replies
    FOX News ^ | 5-2-2013 | James Rosen
    May 2, 2013 State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms James Rosen The State Department's Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed. The IG's office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen -- failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to...
  • What Is Samantha Power Thinking? The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping “genocide”...

    03/31/2011 1:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 29, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    What Is Samantha Power Thinking?The charismatic Obama adviser believes that stopping "genocide" is the United States' top foreign-policy priority. On March 18, President Obama explained his decision to mobilize the United States military for international intervention in Libya. “Left unchecked,” he said, “we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.” (As if it hasn’t been already?) That last sentence was a Realpolitik, national-interest justification for the U.S. intervention. But it rang hollow....
  • Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept. ('systemic failures')

    12/19/2012 2:44:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Benghazi report could damage Clinton’s legacy at State Dept.By Julian Pecquet - 12/19/12 05:30 AM ET The Benghazi report released Tuesday night bemoans “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in Hillary Clinton's State Department that could come back to haunt her should she run for president in 2016. Clinton remains one of the nation's most popular politicians and has worked tirelessly to improve America's image abroad following President George W. Bush's tenure. The independent review of the Sept. 11 attack, however, tarnishes that legacy by faulting the department for failing to put in place a coordinated approach for handling...
  • Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    12/20/2012 1:47:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/20/2012 | Michael Hirsh
    And so the reckoning begins. Only hours after a special task force concluded on Wednesday that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department’s security chief resigned and three other officials were relieved of their duties. What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael...
  • Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness

    12/16/2012 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 70 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 15, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office...
  • Hillary promises answers on Benghazi attack - after the election

    10/03/2012 10:10:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/03/2012 | Rick Moran
    Yessir, Mr. Issa. We'll get right on that investigation lickety-split. Too bad we won't have our report for you until after the November election. Josh Rogin: "I appreciate that you and your committee are deeply interested in finding out what happened leading up to and during the attacks in Benghazi, and are looking for ways to prevent it from happening again. I share that commitment," Clinton wrote in the letter, obtained by The Cable. "Nobody will hold this department more accountable than we hold ourselves -- we served with Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods." Clinton said...
  • Storm gathers over Pakistan "coup" memo

    11/17/2011 9:05:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Hindu ^ | November 17, 2011 | Anita Joshua
    Storm gathers over Pakistan "coup" memo Anita Joshua Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani is reported to have tendered his resignation on Wednesday (American time) following allegations that he had submitted a memo on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari to former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen to pre-empt a possible coup in the wake of the May 2 operation against al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. However, several hours after news broke of the resignation offer made during the night (Pakistani time), there was no word from the Government on whether it had been accepted or not....
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • Hernando, Citrus School Districts Snub GLENN BECK Group's CONSTITUTION Booklets

    10/03/2011 4:31:25 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 8 replies ^ | Thursday, September 29, 2011 | Tony Marrero
    Hernando, Citrus School Districts Snub Glenn Beck Group's Constitution Booklets By Tony Marrero, Times Staff Writer, In Print: Thursday, September 29, 2011 BROOKSVILLE — It started as an act of patriotic philanthropy. Last month, the Nature Coast 912 Project donated thousands of U.S. Constitution booklets to the Hernando and Citrus school. The goal was to get a pocket-sized booklet into the hands of every eighth-grader. The donation, however, prompted officials in both districts to consider:When does a copy of the Constitution and other historic documents become political material or advertising? Officials in both districts concluded the booklets have some...
  • White House admits war with Iran

    07/14/2011 5:19:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2011 | Editorial
    Obama officials decry Tehran’s culpability for U.S. troop deathsThe United States is engaged in a deadly but seldom mentioned proxy war with Iran. In a rare act of candor, two senior Obama administration defense officials have addressed the open secret of Iran’s active support for insurgent groups fighting U.S. troops overseas. Earlier this week, during a visit to Iraq, newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta strongly denounced Iranian support for increasingly violent Shiite militia groups in that country. “We are very concerned about Iran and the weapons they are providing to extremists here in Iraq,” he said. “We’re seeing...
  • Clinton To Congress: Obama Would Ignore Your War Resolutions

    Update: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who asked Clinton about the War Powers Act during a classified briefing, said Clinton and the administration are sidestepping the measure's provisions giving Congress the ability to put a 60-day time limit on any military action. "They are not committed to following the important part of the War Powers Act," he told TPM in a phone interview. "She said they are certainly willing to send reports [to us] and if they issue a press release, they'll send that to us too." The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress...
  • Obama Flip-Flop: Now Gadhafi Can Remain In Power

    03/21/2011 8:19:46 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 7 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-21-11 | The Region Rat
    CLINTON AND OBAMA SAY GADHAFI MUST GO; MULLEN REVERSES COURSE - So which is it? On the Sunday talk shows, the Obama administration signaled that Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi could remain in power — despite earlier statements from Secretary of State Clinton and Barrack Obama that the dictator must go. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen said on Fox News Sunday: “We’re in a situation now that what we do will depend to some degree on what he does. The focus of the United Nations Security Council was really Benghazi specifically and to protect the civilians.” On...
  • US commander warns of Libya stalemate Mike Mullen says ousting Gaddafi is not the goal

    03/20/2011 1:52:50 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, has said the military operation in Libya called for by the UN Security Council is not aimed at regime change - adding that a "stalemate" could well exist, leaving Muammar Gaddafi in power. The 64-year-old admiral also said that no-fly zone had "effectively been established", as Gaddafi's planes had not taken to the skies following Saturday's overnight shelling of dozens of targets in northern Libya. Anti-aircraft fire was also heard in the Libyan capital on Sunday night, indicating a second wave of incoming jets. Tracer rounds and machine-gun fire...
  • At War In Libya: How Long Will It Last? Will Qaddafi Be Gone? [Who Knows..]

    03/20/2011 2:21:10 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 29 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 20, 2011 | Brad Knickerbocker, Staff Writer
    Libyan rebels drive past a burning tank and other military vehicles of Muammar Qaddafi’s army that were hit by coalition forces on the road from Benghazi to Ajdabiyah on Sunday, March 20.-Newscom With US bombs and missiles hitting Libyan targets, lawmakers and other observers want to know how long the fighting will continue and whether Muammar Qaddafi will be forced from power.
  • Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

    08/01/2010 8:36:48 PM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies · 2+ views
    CNET / ^ | July 31, 2010 4:16 PM PDT | By Elinor Mills
    LAS VEGAS -- A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday to attend a hacker conference, sources said on Saturday. He was also approached by two FBI agents at the Defcon conference after his presentation on Saturday afternoon about the Tor Project. Jacob Appelbaum, a Seattle-based programmer for the online privacy protection project called Tor, arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport from Holland flight Thursday morning when he was pulled aside by customs...
  • US military chief in Israel for top-level talks

    06/27/2010 4:20:20 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Zee News ^ | 6/27/2010 | Zee News
    The top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday for talks with Israeli military and defence officials, both sides said. "This is a very short visit -- he will meet with Defence Minister (Ehud) Barak and with (Chief of Staff) Gaby Ashkenazi and a few others from the defence establishment," a US embassy spokesman said. Mullen, who is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was expected to meet Barak at around midday, the Israeli Defence Ministry said without giving further details. A military spokesman said the meeting would focus on "cooperation between the two...
  • Adm. Mullen "Genuinely Concerned" About China's Military Buildup

    06/10/2010 11:22:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 473+ views
    CBS News ^ | 6/10/2010 | CBS News
    Wednesday night Adm. Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a speech to the Asia Society in which he said, "I have moved from being curious to being genuinely concerned" about China's military buildup. For years there has been an argument among China hands about what Beijing was up to. China's stated goal is territorial defense but it seemed to be investing in equipment such as long range missiles and even an aircraft carrier which traditionally are used to project power overseas. Why would China want a military that could operate thousands of miles away from...
  • U.S. Supports South Korea's Findings In Sinking Of Ship

    05/20/2010 11:28:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 306+ views ^ | 5/20/2010 | Kelly Heffernan-Tabor
    The Pentagon isn't calling the recent sinking of a South Korean ship by North Korea an outright act of war, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates said they are in close contact with their South Korean counterparts. Gates said the United States supports South Korea's determination that the March sinking of a military ship was in fact caused by North Korea. "We certainly support the findings of the Korean, the South Korean investigation. We obviously are in close consultation with the Koreans. The attack was against one of their ships and naturally they would have the lead in determining the path...
  • NPR Says Goodbye MIRV

    04/06/2010 10:40:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 556+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/6/2010 | Greg Grant
    The Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was released today (which can be found here) and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen held a brief press briefing at the Pentagon to discuss the NPR. The fundamental role of nuclear weapons is to deter nuclear armed states, Gates said and that the U.S. will not threaten to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear states that are party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. He said the administration didn’t believe it was far...
  • US Navy lifts ban on women in submarines: officials

    02/23/2010 4:37:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 85 replies · 1,416+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFP
    The US navy has decided to allow women to serve on submarines, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday, ending one of the last all-male bastions in the American military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved the recommendation and sent letters to Congress on Monday informing lawmakers of the plan, officials said. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, had briefed Gates on the change and "he's endorsed it and sent it on to Congress," press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters. Lawmakers have 30 days to comment on the move before it goes into effect, officials said. American...
  • US seeks to rally Arabs against Iran's nuclear project

    02/15/2010 10:40:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 295+ views ^ | 1/16/2010 |
    President Barack Obama has launched a wave of high-stakes US diplomacy in the Middle East as Washington seeks to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. Obama has enlisted his top deputies in the diplomatic drive to isolate Tehran and impose stricter sanctions on the regime, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, chief military officer Admiral Mike Mullen and senior diplomats travelling to the region this week and Vice President Joe Biden due next month. Clinton signaled the administration's tougher tone during a visit to the Gulf, warning on Monday that Iran was turning into a “military dictatorship”...
  • Gates, Mullen to testify on 'Don't ask, don't tell'

    01/28/2010 4:38:32 PM PST · by kingattax · 11 replies · 644+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/28/10 | Roxana Tiron
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen will testify next week on the repeal of a controversial law preventing openly gay people from serving in the military. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced Thursday that Gates and Mullen will testify Tuesday on repealing the 1993 law, commonly known “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” President Barack Obama on Wednesday renewed his commitment to repeal the law, but supporters say the real test will come this spring with the Pentagon budget.
  • Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

    01/03/2010 4:25:10 PM PST · by staffjam · 13 replies · 830+ views ^ | 01/01/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a major war. The main reason for the mullahs’ confidence is their interpretation of the appeasement policies of the US Barack Obama Administration. Most significant is the undeclared – yet widely projected – profound change in US policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran and all other regional governments are convinced that the US now strives to “contain” a nuclear Iran rather than continue the declared objective to prevent the nuclearization of...
  • Military action against Iran remains an option

    12/22/2009 12:53:03 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 471+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/21/2009 | AFP via Space War
    Diplomacy offers the best way to resolve tensions over Iran's nuclear program but the Pentagon must be ready with military options if needed, the top US military chief said on Monday. "No resolution is yet in sight, but I fully support the effort to focus on diplomatic solutions to existing tensions" with Iran, Admiral Mike Mullen wrote in a memorandum setting out strategic priorities for the US armed forces in 2010. "My belief remains that political means are the best tools to attain regional security and that military force will have limited results," said Mullen, chairman of the Joints Chiefs...
  • Mullen Vows Continued Support for Korean Military

    10/24/2009 11:04:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 264+ views ^ | 10/23/2009 | Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
    As South Korea’s military transitions to full operational control, it’s important to remember the past 60 years of U.S. commitment to the country and to not waver in that support, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen talked yesterday with servicemembers and defense civilians at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Korea. He spoke about his earlier meetings with his South Korean counterpart, citing “tremendous change” on the horizon. The Korean military is expected to assume a larger defense responsibility there in April 2012. The alliance will only get stronger, the chairman said, with...
  • Top officer says US bungling Muslim outreach

    08/28/2009 4:55:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 686+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/09 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. military is bungling its outreach to the Muslim world and squandering good will by failing to live up to its promises, the nation's highest-ranking military officer wrote Friday. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there is too much emphasis on telling the U.S. story and not enough on building trust and credibility. "We hurt ourselves and the message we are trying to send when it appears we are doing something merely for the credit," Mullen wrote in an essay published in a military journal. "We hurt ourselves more when our words...
  • Military chief rips U.S. message to Muslims

    08/27/2009 10:15:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,047+ views
    msnbc ^ | 8/27/09 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at “strategic communication” with the Muslim world, saying that no amount of public relations will establish credibility if American behavior overseas is perceived as arrogant, uncaring or insulting. The critique by the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, comes as the United States is widely believed to be losing ground in the war of ideas against extremist Islamist ideology.
  • Admiral Mike Mullen Talks About Way Forward in Afghanistan; Iraq Troop Withdrawal - Video 8/23/09

    08/24/2009 5:23:13 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies · 274+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen talking about the road ahead in Afghanistan, particularly the problem of Afghanistan now producing 93% of world's poppy crop, which is used for Opium. Much of the money from that poppy crop is being used to fund the insurgents fighting U.S. and Afghan Forces. Mullen also said they are keeping a very close eye on events in Iraq, where violence escalated last week. As the U.S. pulls troops out of Iraq in the months to come, he said they will be very mindful of the situation, and that...
  • Obama Faces Hard Choices On Afghan War Plans ["Serious and Deteriorating"]

    08/23/2009 11:00:54 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 537+ views
    APReport ^ | August 22, 2009
    Obama faces hard choices on Afghan war plans Military situation is ‘serious and deteriorating,’ JCS chairman says WASHINGTON - As public support for the Afghanistan war erodes, President Barack Obama is faced with two equally unattractive choices: increase U.S. troops levels to beat back a resilient enemy, or stick with the 68,000 already committed and risk the political fallout if that's not enough. The decision is just a few weeks away. Gen. Army Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is completing an assessment of what he needs to win the fight there. Already, one leading Republican is suggesting...
  • Top U.S. admiral says strike on Iran means turmoil

    07/20/2008 3:38:54 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies · 205+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:42pm BST
    White House military adviser Adm. Mike Mullen said on Sunday he was concerned that any U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran carried a notable risk of more turmoil in the Middle East. "I think it would be significant. I worry about it a lot," Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the "Fox News Sunday" television program.
  • Mullen Hails Iraqi Political Debate on U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework (StatusofForcesAggreement-SOFA)

    06/12/2008 4:46:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 36+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 – Ongoing debate within Iraq’s political realm about negotiations over the U.S.-Iraq strategic framework agreement indicates the healthy development of Iraq’s young democracy, the U.S. military’s top officer said here today. The completion of the agreement would allow for continued U.S. military operations in Iraq after the United Nations security resolution ends Dec. 31. Political debate in Iraq “historically, has not taken place,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted at a Government Executive Magazine-hosted breakfast at the National Press Club. Mullen said he is encouraged by what he called the...
  • Al-Qaida Pressured, But Remains ‘Lethal Foe,’ Chairman Says

    06/12/2008 4:38:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 30+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 – Although al-Qaida’s operations in Iraq have been battered, the terrorist organization remains a threat to be reckoned with, the U.S. military’s top officer said here today. Al-Qaida is “on the run in Iraq,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted at a Government Executive Magazine-hosted breakfast at the National Press Club. The terrorists, he said, are being pressured by U.S. and Iraqi security forces, as well as concerned citizens who want al-Qaida out of their country. However, al-Qaida remains a “lethal foe” of the United States, Mullen cautioned, noting the...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: close Guantanamo

    01/13/2008 3:31:02 PM PST · by MichMash · 336 replies · 7,284+ views
    AP Via Yahoo! News ^ | Jan 13, 2008 | Robert Burns
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The chief of the U.S. military said Sunday he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States. "I'd like to see it shut down," Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October.
  • Senate to consider ratification of U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty

    09/27/2007 11:40:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 178+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 27, 2007 | Chad Groening
    A national defense analyst says it's absolutely crazy that Pentagon officials will push the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to recommend the quick ratification of the U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty. Cliff Kincaid, president of America's Survival, has already expressed his concerns that the Chinese have been using their huge trade advantage with the U.S. to build up their navy, while the U.S. Navy plans to further reduce the number of ships in its fleet. (See earlier article) But Kincaid says instead of changing course and rebuilding to counter the Chinese threat, top Naval officials, including Chief of Naval Operations...
  • Mike Mullen's Surprise Promotion

    07/09/2007 10:07:00 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 2 replies · 940+ views
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | July 2007 | Tom Bowman
    Mike Mullen's Surprise Promotion By Tom Bowman CNO will carry a reputation as a pragmatist and problem-solver to the JCS Chairman’s office. When American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, Admiral Mike Mullen was talking budgets with then-Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark. Suddenly he felt something that reminded him of an earthquake in his native California. His office down the hall was closer to the impact. It quickly filled with smoke. His staff said the plane, slicing into the Pentagon some four floors below, appeared to roll under their feet. “It was a...
  • Bush Thanks Pace and Giambastiani (heckuva job!)

    06/28/2007 10:05:29 AM PDT · by meandog · 6 replies · 581+ views
    Armed Forces Information Service ^ | 6.28.07 | Donna Miles
    American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 28, 2007 - As he nominated his picks for the nation's top two military posts, President Bush said today they will succeed "two of America's finest military officers," Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, vice chairman. Bush named Adm. Michael G. Mullen as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Gen. James E. "Hoss" Cartwright as vice chairman, subject to Senate approval. Flanked by Mullen, Cartwright and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in the White House Roosevelt Room, the...
  • Joints Chief Choice Worried About Iran

    06/14/2007 5:11:53 PM PDT · by familyop · 6 replies · 396+ views
    The Navy admiral tapped to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday he favors a diplomatic approach in dealing with Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, yet he offered few clues on how he would handle the war in Iraq. Adm. Michael Mullen accused Iran, without being more specific, of giving aid to insurgent forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still he called diplomacy "the right path." "I'm concerned about what Iran's doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, you know, broadly providing capability to which we are losing American soldiers on the ground and Marines on the ground, and I...
  • Joint Chiefs pick sees strain on military

    06/14/2007 5:11:57 PM PDT · by familyop · 17 replies · 490+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) — Associates of Adm. Michael Mullen, the Bush administration's pick to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he thinks current wars are straining the military. Longtime military associates of Mullen, who currently serves as chief of naval operations for the U.S. Navy, said he is concerned that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are straining the U.S. fighting force and if he accepted as chairmen of the Joint Chiefs he would likely push for political solutions to the conflicts, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. He's concerned the Army has been carrying the heavy load for...
  • Two Good Men

    06/11/2007 6:39:47 AM PDT · by AlbertoMG · 7 replies · 883+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 11, 2007 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    Pace’s not being renominated has nothing to do with his performance as chairman of the JCS. It has everything to do with what he symbolizes (American leadership while fighting a difficult war in Iraq) to the usual salivating suspects on Capitol Hill. And it was clear to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and surely to President Bush, that Pace’s reconfirmation hearings would have been turned into a congressional circus: With poll-driven politicians focusing less on Pace’s performance and plans for the present and future prosecution of the war, and more on what has gone wrong in Iraq for the purposes of...
  • Nominee for Joint Chiefs Is Called a Pragmatist

    06/09/2007 10:55:45 AM PDT · by freedomdefender · 18 replies · 553+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 9 07 | DAVID S. CLOUD
    By recommending Adm. Michael G. Mullen to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has chosen a low-key pragmatist without a well-established stake in the Iraq strategy to be the country’s next senior military adviser. Unlike the two previous chairmen, Admiral Mullen, 60, was not in a top Pentagon post when the Bush administration made the decision to invade Iraq. Those who know him say that if confirmed as chairman, he has little reason to stick with a policy if he decides it is not working. “He will be pragmatic about Iraq,”...
  • Pace out as head of Joint Chiefs

    06/08/2007 11:18:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 1,557+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/07 | Lolita Baldor - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration sidelined Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday, announcing plans to replace him as the nation's top military officer rather than reappoint him and risk a Senate confirmation struggle focusing on the Iraq War. "It would be a backward looking and very contentious process," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a Pentagon news conference where he announced he would recommend Adm. Mike Mullen to replace Pace. Mullen is the chief of naval operations, and Gates praised him for having the "vision strategic insight and integrity to lead America's armed forces."...
  • (2006) Remarks as delivered by Adm. Mike Mullen

    06/08/2007 10:22:12 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 240+ views
    US Navy website ^ | May 19, 2006 | Adm Mike Mullen
    It really is a privilege and an honor to be here. I was with the all hands call this morning – saying my time in Pittsburgh has actually been fleeting. I grew up on the other side of this country. As a kid I hadn't spent any time on the East Coast. My first time in the area was to come up here for the Navy football game in 1964, for those of you who were here then. I don't remember who won the game but I do remember how fun the reception was and it certainly translates to what's...